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  •  Inside the Blues with Liz Mandeville: When I had the Blues throwed on me
    dawn Tom was into Dylan David loved the Stones One semester he turned us all on to Bob Marley while Owen played the banjo and Amy fiddled Me I played this Mississippi John Hurt song with the hammer on I sang Mahalia s I Come to The Garden Alone and this song I d written about a Texan I d been in love with previously To me it was all folk music all hopeful heart broke hurt feelings been done wrong but I ain t dead yet songs But I didn t know the blues I d never really had the blues throwed on me Eric Burnhart s eyes were blue as Frank Sinatra s and he wore the golden tan of a man who walked his dog in the summer fields without shirt shades or brim He could roll a perfect drum cigarette with one hand while driving a pick up truck down a dirt road Not only that Eric played Trouble In Mind on the slide guitar and blew the blues harp so lonesome sounding it made you want to comfort him in the tenderest way right there I was stupid mad for him In short if Eric Burnhart had said to me I have two tickets to Hell see the Devil care to join me I d a been half way into my coat So naturally when Eric said to me I got two tickets to see this guy Luther Allison at the Hotel Care to join me I was ready to go The night arrived we stood in line I had never heard of Luther Allison and didn t know what to expect I didn t care I was out with Eric Burnhart When we got into the hotel s basement ballroom the place was packed It was wall to wall every bar stool every table every inch of wall space was occupied The smells of patchouli beer and sweat filled the funky air Everybody was smoking cigarettes and reefers too so the place was covered in a day glow black light infused wash of gray haze It was like being inside a captive Aurora Borealis Huge black boxes of speakers were stacked on either side of the stage which had a black velvet backdrop and was bathed in the prismatic reflections of a mirror ball In front of the stage long tables had been set up with rows of seats down each side now occupied by leather clad bikers and blue denim babes Sweating barmaids in low slung bell bottoms wended up and down the aisles balancing trays full of beer above their heads The crowd was oiled and ready to party But I only had eyes for Eric the place could ve been on fire and I d a kept on with him A ripple went through the crowd The band came out and took the stand they started playing a vamp and somebody made an announcement introducing Luther Out of the haze comes

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  • Beyond the Blues Fest 2014, where to hear live blues before, after and during the Chicago Blues Festival
    Johnny Toronzo Cannon Dave Weld Kate Moss Sharon Lewis Linsey Alexander Dave Specter Mike Wheeler and more Free refreshments Blues Heaven Foundation Chess Records 2120 S Michigan Chicago Phone 312 808 1286 This historic blues shrine kicks off its FREE outdoor summer garden concert series which runs from June through August Showtime 6 7 p m June 12 Debra Jackson The Firestarters June 14 Johnny Drummer CLICK ON THE VENUE S NAME TO SEE THE WEBSITE The Blues Clubs ANDY S 11 E Hubbard Chicago IL Phone 312 642 6805 Guy King photo Jennifer Noble Andy s bar and restaurant has been the home for all styles of jazz Trad Swing Bop Fusion Latin Afro Pop since 1977 And sometimes you will see blues acts on the menu especially during Chicago Blues Fest June 12 13 14 Guy King Band BLUE CHICAGO 536 N Clark at Ohio Chicago IL Phone 312 661 0100 This cozy River North club is very tourist friendly and provides a warm atmosphere with female vocalists belting out good time blues Thursday June 12 Shirley Johnson Blues Band Friday Saturday June 13 14 J W Williams the Chi Town Hustlers w Demetria Taylor Sunday June 15 Peaches Staten the Grooveshakers B L U E S 2519 N Halsted Chicago Phone 773 528 1012 This famous little club known as Blues on Halsted on the North Side has a great atmosphere where the blues drips off the walls seven days a week Thursday June 12 Toronzo Cannon The Cannonball Express Friday June 13 Jimmy Johnson Blues Band w Mike Wheeler Saturday June 14 Jimmy Johnson Blues Band w Mike Wheeler Sunday June 15 Ronnie Hicks Masheen Co BUDDY GUY S LEGENDS 700 S Wabash Chicago Phone 312 427 1190 The music runs all day A short walk from Grant Park this is always a nice option to catch blues either during or after the Blues Festival Tasty authentic Louisiana cuisine will keep your stomach happy and the blues music will feed your soul Fri June 13 11 am Austin Walkin Cane acoustic all ages 2 pm Smiley Tilmon w Kate Moss all ages 5 pm Special 20s 8 30 pm Eden Brent 10 30 pm Nellie Tiger Travis Sat June 14 11 am Blues Brunch w Nicholas Barron all ages 1 pm Rob Blaine all ages 3 pm Anthony Moser 5 pm NuBlu Band w Carlise Guy 7 pm Linsey Alexander 9 pm Big James The Chicago Playboys 11 pm Eddy The Chief Clearwater Sun June 15 11am Blues Brunch w Harmonica Hinds all ages 12 30 pm Breezy Rodio Band all ages 2 30 pm Homemade Jamz 4 30 pm Vino Louden 6 30 pm Matthew Skoller 8 30 pm Grana Louise 10 30 pm Carlos Johnson CITY WINERY 1200 W Randolph Chicago Phone 312 733 WINE The City Winery in the West Loop is an impressive place to hear live music both local and national acts wine and dine Wine casks and corks decorate the

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  • Maxwell Street, The Birth Place of Chicago Blues
    One time Maxwell Street bluesman Junior Wells also sat in as did Buddy Guy and Lefty Dizz More recently Mick Jagger and Keith Richards covered the cost of guitarist Hubert Sumlin s funeral expenses in 2011 Sumlin a major influence on the British blues rock guitarists moved to Chicago in 1952 to play guitar for Howlin Wolf He also played with Muddy Waters on and off Muddy was another musician who played Maxwell Street when he first came to Chicago Aerial View with Skyline 1993 The influence of this music around the world can still be found today but what were the influences that helped shape Chicago Blues One of the places that stands out is the old Maxwell Street Market where many of the Mississippi Delta blues artists that had migrated to Chicago Bo Diddley Little Walter Junior Wells Honeyboy Edwards and Big Bill Broonzy to name a few played on the streets before recording for major Chicago record labels like Chess and VeeJay In fact The Beatles first record with Tony Sheridan was released on VeeJay Timing and technology played its part too The introduction of electric guitars and amplifiers was ideal for the street musicians playing outdoors in the noisy market place It helped create their rough and rowdy sound Piano C Red 1994 It was the legend of the music that brought me to Maxwell Street in the mid 1970s I found the music and I also discovered the environment in which it was born the atmosphere of blues The musicians were not abstractly singing the blues they were surrounded by it The market was THE place to truly experience the blues It was where one could go beyond just listening to the music to becoming completely absorbed in the blues It was those experiences that prompted me to do a 30 year photo documentary to capture and preserve the birth place of Chicago Blues Sax player with band in front of Mississippi van 1980s This time around for Part 2 of my Maxwell Street series I chose pictures not of the musicians themselves on the street you can see my musician photos in Part 1 but photos of the scene that surrounded them that influenced them and at times inspired them And inspired me too Palm reading gypsy woman 1982 The Gypsies the con men walking around peddling fake gold jewelry the children selling beer from coolers It was truly a free market first come first serve for space Sadly time and urban renewal took its toll The once crowded ghetto was reduced to empty lots thus making it difficult for the musicians to find electricity for their amplifiers The old timers are now long gone and not much music followed the market when it was relocated to Roosevelt Road and Desplaines Street Gone is Gold Mine Corner the intersection of Maxwell and Halsted Streets which got its name from the immigrants that came to start their new life at the Old Market This included

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  • Your Complete Guide to the Chica
    the music s requisite raunchy lyrics Foreward by Denise LaSalle THEATER photo Keith Ian Polakoff March 19 20 23 Queenie Pie a Duke Ellington jazz opera by the Chicago Jazz Orchestra Chicago Opera Theater at Harris Theater 205 E Randolph Chicago Celebrate Black History Month with this ambitious collaboration between the Chicago Opera Theater and Jeff Lindberg s Chicago Jazz Orchestra Duke Ellington s Queenie Pie blends opera and jazz with musical theater and tells a rivalrous tale inspired by historical Oprah like business woman Madam C J Walker who became the first female African American self made millionaire thanks to her successful line of hair and beauty products The super talented cast of Queenie Pie includes Karen Marie Richardson Anna Bowen Keithon Gipson and Jeffrey Polk We have seen this enjoyable show and are happy to give the superb actor singers and live jazz orchestra a five star review The libretto plot is corny and dated but Ellington s music is first class all the way PHOTOGRAPHY For a trip back in time to the see the origins of Chicago Blues check out Chicago Blues Guide s Black History Month photo essay feature by photographer Tom Smith Maxwell Street The Birth Place of Chicago Blues Tom writes Chicago is one of the spiritual homes for the blues in America The sound of that spirit rose from gritty streets of the Maxwell Street Market It began with the African American migration from the Mississippi Delta Country to Chicago in the 1920s Legendary bluesman Big Bill Broonzy 1903 1958 was one of those migrants He moved to Chicago in 1920 and teamed up with Papa Charlie Jackson 1885 1938 to play on Maxwell Street an open air market place for immigrants vendors bargain seekers hustlers hawkers preachers and entertainers HISTORIC RECORDINGS In the age of digital downloads the neighborhood record store has been going the way of the dinosaur Nevertheless the historic Jazz Record Mart has stood the test of time for 54 years and running Owner Bob Koester who heads Delmark Records which recently celebrated its 60 th Anniversary in 2013 moved to Chicago in 1958 and purchased Seymour s Jazz Record Mart in 1959 Delmark s and the Record Mart s fates have been inextricably linked ever since Itinerant blues artists who were trying to get work in Chicago were welcome to crash on the store s basement sofa John Hammond Charlie Musselwhite Big Joe Williams and even Iggy Pop spent time sleeping below the record store Although the Mart s location has changed over the years the current location at 27 E Illinois in Chicago is like walking into a musical time machine You can find literally tens of thousands of new and used vinyl LPs 45s 78s CDs DVDs cassettes magazines posters postcards and much more If you are looking for historic blues and jazz recordings or nearly any roots genre you will find it here along with Delmark s blues and jazz catalogue going back 60

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  • STERLING PLUMPP, Home/Bass, Third World Press, poetry book review
    equal footing and a sense of place The classic blues songs have lyrics that paint vivid pictures in the eye of our imagination The words are a form of poetic expression that range from bawdy to eloquent declarations of elemental human passions The challenge for Plumpp is to create a similar experience using language but without the benefit of the musical accompaniment His method is to strip his thoughts down to their bare essence and then break the handful of words down even further splitting some of them between lines in order to create new words that carry a wealth of meaning He also mixes in references to other Chicago blues musicians in addition to familiar blues images in order to keep the reader grounded The book is divided into three sections The first is titled Maxwell Street a tribute to the famous area of Chicago that served as an open air market where people from various cultures shopped and mingled in an atmosphere of respect that was none too common at the time The voice of Kent relishes the excitement and music of the market but can t escape remembering the past Where A cross Cut nagging Drags over my Spirit 4 I Paraphrase West Side Story is the middle section Plumpp probes the dreams of a migrating population as they collide with the cold gleaming steel realities of the big city The sense of moving on without ever getting anywhere is targeted in this vivid passage The Day I was Born I had a hundred miles to go And I had a merry go round for a guide 12 Tracks The final section is Ramblings Down Inside Here Plumpp Kent cry out over the hurt and broken dreams that surround them giving rise to the powerful blues music

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  • Former Buddy Guy guitarFormer Buddy Guy guitarist Frank Bang is back with a musical mission to “bring it hard”
    coming out now works for me I told everyone who asked me when I going to start playing again that I would once I found the right manager booking agent etc And I did and technically I m starting over after four years off so it s all good I am a little blown away that every song on the record has gotten airplay Eleven songs were liked enough by radio to be selected by the station and played I mean who does that That was something I never dreamed of My goals were to start my career over the right way and I think we are doing that so yeah mission accomplished now let s keep getting better at everything and get ready for the ride Q I understand that you were considering hanging it up as a musician after recording the album What made you change your mind Do you view Double Dare as a comeback album What changed my mind was my oldest son who grew up with his dad the musician and folks who reached out to me to let me know my music helped them Once a couple folks made connections like that with me it was on And yes I do consider it a comeback even thought I was home all the time and I didn t really go anywhere but home I needed to empty the cup of 20 odd years of being on the road Now I am so grateful to be back doing what I love to do Q Of course you have a deep connection with Buddy Guy You started out as a doorman at Buddy Guy s Legends and would play together after hours at the club with Wayne Baker Brooks What were those days like and what did you learn from the musicians that graced the stage at Buddy Guy s I smile the biggest smile whenever I think of the good ole days at Legends even when a couple of guys who took over for me and my brother Kevin Blinkal kind of black balled me in a weird twisted way When they got fired I started hanging round again and I m glad I did The stuff I learned from the musicians I met is so ingrained in me I could write a book just about the old place and the wonderful folks who took me under their wing if you will So many great memories I was made into who I am because of the old 754 S Wabash club Playing with Buddy Guy was my dream job and I would still be there if I could have been I just loved it so much Q What was your reaction when Buddy Guy asked you to join his band What did you learn from the experience and playing alongside Guy and other legends like Carlos Santana What can I say about Buddy He is my musical father even helped me learn how to be a

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  • BEYOND THE BLUES FESTIVAL 2013
    Gravenites Sam Lay Harvey Mandel and Corky Siegel Additional screenings are set for June 8 10 12 13 For info http www siskelfilmcenter org BLUES REUNION CONCERT FILM Charlie Musselwhite photo Jennifer Noble June 6 Born in Chicago film premiere and all star concert at The Vic Theater Born in Chicago is a film about the white kids in Chicago who discovered the blues in the South Side clubs and brought it to a younger audience in the 60s and 70s namely Paul Butterfield Mike Bloomfield Charlie Musselwhite Steve Miller Harvey Mandel Elvin Bishop and others Marshall Chess of Chess Records fame narrates the documentary which includes performances and or interviews with Bob Dylan Buddy Guy B B King Hubert Sumlin Jack White Sam Lay and more The film shows at 6 p m Following the movie there will be a concert by the Chicago Blues Reunion band with Nick Gravenites Barry Goldberg Harvey Mandel Corky Siegel plus special guests Charlie Musselwhite Eric Burdon Elvin Bishop and more surprise guests The Vic Theater is located at 3145 N Sheffield Chicago The show is a benefit for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Tickets are available at https chicagocoalition ejoinme org borninchicago BLUES PHOTO EXHIBIT Author playwright photographer songwriter concert promoter Terry Abrahamson grew up In The Belly of The Blues the title of his new photo book socializing and working alongside Chicago s blues titans His coffee table book chronicles his shoulder rubbing with the likes of Muddy Waters Howlin Wolf The Rolling Stones Willie Dixon Johnny Winter Freddie King Koko Taylor and many more Now his iconic photos are on display in the most appropriate blues building in Chicago where it all began Chess Studios at 2120 S Michigan Ave home of the Willie Dixon Blues Heaven Foundation During Blues Fest Abrahamson will be on hand to host receptions sign books and tell stories He can also be seen at the Koko Taylor Foundation booth at Blues Fest For days hours info visit www bluesheaven com or www inthebellyoftheblues com CHICAGO SOUL BLUES TOUR Monday June 10 Soul Tour of Chicago a blues and soul history bus tour complete with live music BBQ and soul food and presented by Orman Music Group will launch on June 10 from Buddy Guy s Legends The excursion lasts from 2 p m to 1 a m Now that s a long party The tour will include stops at Chess Studios Lloyd s on the West Side for BBQ Blues Star Planet TV studios for a live taping Hot City for soul food and music and the final destination at Linda s Place for a late night snack Musical guests include Holle Thee Maxwell Jimmy Burns Mz Peachez Killer Ray Allison Johnny Drummer and more TBA Some of the artists will entertain and host on the bus along with blues soul author Robert Pruter Tickets are 120 available at www chicagosoulbluesbus eventbrite com The Blues Clubs BLUE CHICAGO 536 N Clark at Ohio

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  • British Blues Woman Bex Marshall headed to Home of the Blues
    feel any pressure in following up the album Yeah I guess it was a surprise but the record was a slow burner and being an independent artist with my own record label the timing around the release was slightly ajar But it still ended up doing well anyway so yes I was pleasantly surprised It was my first dip into releasing a record in America and was just going with the flow I always believe if something is good enough it will find its own value or place anyway even if it takes 20 years It s a bit like Ebay ha ha Whatever it is in the end it will find its real value There is always a certain amount of pressure when recording a record even if you do it in a couple of hours live you can never really guarantee the outcome I do however believe in going with your gut reactions and I did a lot of that on this record Luckily I had the pleasure of professionals working and contributing to the musical performance engineering and mixing and that makes a big difference but I oversaw every note The background stress of keeping your eye on the clock and pulling together the sounds and feeling that moment of YES now that s what I m talking about feeling With the new technology it s easy to get carried away and forget what you are trying to do sometimes but on the other hand you have a mighty weapon that can indulge your imagination to the max You just gotta know when to reign it in sometimes Q I understand you started playing guitar when you were 11 and you were first attracted to classical guitar but eventually started playing country and the blues What attracted you to country music and the blues Yes when I look back at my early influences and what I naturally gravitated towards it always had a bluesy vein running through it I was lucky I had my Uncle Alex s record collection at my disposal and on the agreement that I always wiped the record with the black velvet cloth before and after and carefully lowered the arm on to the vinyl every time I had carte blanche to listen to it all He had all the classic blues rock Americana artists I still love today there was Eric Clapton Eagles Leonard Skynyrd Howlin Wolf early Tina Turner Elkie Brooks to The Rolling Stones Pink Floyd and The Who it just went on Q What was it like busking on the streets Did that experience help you grow as a musician and a performer Busking is a great thing to do it reminds you that it s a big bad world out there but you re here believing in yourself and loving what you re doing And it gives you a huge sense of I M DOING MY TRUE MUSICAL CALLING AND ALL THESE COMMUTERS ARE NOT LIVING IN THE

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